from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- A city of north-central Ukraine near the border of Belarus. It was evacuated and remains uninhabited as a result of a major nuclear power plant accident nearby on April 16, 1986.
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- proper n. An abandoned city in northern Ukraine, known as the site of a nuclear accident.
- n. A major nuclear-energy accident.
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- n. a city in north central Ukraine; site of a major disaster at a nuclear power plant (26 April 1986)
From Russian Чернобыль (Černóbyl’), from чернобыль (černóbyl’, "mugwort"). Compare Ukrainian Чорнобиль (Čornóbyl’), from чорнобиль (čornóbýl’, "mugwort"), from чорнe (čórne, "black", neuter) + билля (bylljá, "grass blades or stalks"). (Wiktionary)